By Stanley Nwakor
ANAMBRA State Government will this year, partner the Nigerian Navy to chart the state waterways with a view to achieving its vision for water transportation in the state.
Governor Willie Obiano disclosed this after a breakfast meeting with the Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Saleh Usman.
Speaking to newsmen at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, after the close-door meeting, Governor Obiano revealed that they had fruitful deliberations which centered mainly on sustaining the various areas of partnership between the State and the Nigerian Navy.
Some of the partnership areas he identified include improving security especially along the waterways, construction works and boosting water transportation.
The Governor noted that under the state’s vision to commence water transportation on a larger scale this year, his administration targets to develop thirteen creeks across the river-rine communities of the state, to make for easy movement of vessels and goods, adding that the Nigerian Navy has a major role in ensuring that government’s intentions are made good
In his remarks, Rear Admiral Usman, explained that since he assumed office, it became imperative to visit the Governor and familiarize himself with their operations in the State which he observed, have been smooth because of the overwhelming support the Governor has availed the Force stressing that the Nigerian Navy deemed it necessary to establish a base in Anambra because of the numerous prospects water transportation holds for business and commercial activities as well as for Internally Generated Revenue for the state.
He congratulated Governor Obiano for winning reelection with a resounding victory and attributed it to the fact that the people are happy with his leadership, promising that under his command, the Navy will deepen cooperation with the State..